Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Wedding, Now You See Me 2) has joined the cast of the Michael Cuesta – directed adaptation of the bestselling Vince Flynn thriller novel series, American Assassin.  In addition to Lathan, the film will star Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, and Dylan O’Brien.

The story follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

“Vince Flynn created a universe populated by complex yet relatable characters who inspired millions of fans the world over.  To have an actress of Sanaa Lathan’s depth and intensity step into the role of Kennedy while simultaneously having the opportunity to introduce audiences to the extraordinary talent of Shiva Negar means that Flynn’s vision of powerful but believable individuals remains the foundation of ‘American Assassin.'” – Michael Cuesta

American Assassin is one of 15 novels set in the world of counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. Each book in the series was a New York Times best-seller, the three most recent were number one best-sellers, and the series overall has sold nearly 20 million copies to date.

The script was written by Stephen Schiff and will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura  and Nick Wechsler.

Lathan’s acting career spans over two decades.  She starred in classic films in the early 2000’s such as Love & Basketball, Disappearing Acts, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, and Something New.  In addition to her film credits, she was a series regular in the second season of the Starz’ original series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, and can be seen next in the Fox event series, Shots Fired, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.